Monday, February 23, 2009

February 23, 2009
Finally got the underpainting on the big Billy the Kid oil laid in. Started Friday and used a secret crimson utilized by Frank Tenney Johnson on his nocturnes:

Saturday morning I bailed in early and blocked in more of the big shapes:

By nine I had it covered (with the exception of a distant roofline at the bottom:

Finished covering the canvas in the afternoon. Now to let it dry for several days so I can over paint the subtle facial tones and nocturne sky and adobe.

Yes, Billy's hat is the one from the photo. I'll track the progress for the next two weeks when I plan to ship it to the Ruidoso museum in New Mexico.

"The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours. But to win it requires total dedication and a total break with the world of your past, with the doctrine that man is a sacrificial animal who exists for the pleasure of others. Fight for the value of your person. Fight for the virtue of your pride. Fight for the essence, which is man, for his sovereign rational mind. Fight with the radiant certainty and the absolute rectitude of knowing that yours is the morality of life and yours is the battle for any achievement, any value, any grandeur, any goodness, any joy that has ever existed on this earth."
—Ayn Rand

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